How To Stop Tan Lines Ruining Your Wedding Day
At the time of writing this, we are having a heatwave. Yes, even in Scotland!
It is so tempting to sit in the garden or the park and enjoy the rays without putting sunscreen on. After all, I’m in the UK aren’t I, and not on my holidays?
Fast forward to the next morning and you look in the mirror after your shower and your skin is a patchwork of pink and white. Yikes! Now imagine you are getting married in a few days. ARRRGGGGGHHHHH!
Of course, the best way to avoid unsightly tan lines for your wedding day is to liberally apply sunscreen daily and stay out of the sun. It is the easiest way to achieve a healthy and unblemished complexion, and protect your skin from any future sun damage!
But if you want a natural glowing tan and can’t resist soaking up the nice weather. Wearing a strapless bikini, swimsuit, or clothing that won’t show lines is the best way to go. And think ahead if your dress is backless or has a plunging front.
Okay, okay I know hindsight is a wonderful thing. But the wedding is drawing closer and you or one of your wedding party has tan lines. Don’t panic! Instead, try some of the options below.
First, drink lots of water to help your body repair the burn. This will hydrate you from the inside out, which can translate to less peeling in a few days.
Slather on aloe vera or aftersun. Keep a bottle of it in the fridge. Talking of your fridge you can also try slathering Greek yogurt or mashed-up avocado onto your skin for an all-natural hydrating cooldown. Both products heal dry and flaky skin from sunburn. If you want to pull double-duty, mix aloe with mashed avocado and pat it onto the burnt area. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse.
If you notice that your lines are still showing a day or two before the wedding, try applying a fast-acting self-tanner on areas that look a bit lighter. You’ll want to choose a quality product and apply it carefully (you don’t want to make the difference more noticeable!).
If you still find yourself with unsightly lines on the wedding day, know that there are ways to hide them. Choose a concealer or foundation that matches the color of your tan and apply it on lighter skin using a makeup sponge. Make sure to purchase a product that won’t rub off on your clothing. After you’ve covered the tan lines, use a foundation brush to blend the makeup as much as possible.
Whether you use a self-tanner or makeup, make sure you go over the entire newly-tanned area with bronzer. Adding a shimmery, glowing layer on top of the two different sections will help make the two areas look more even. Use a waterproof bronzer for this task so it won’t wipe off.
Finally, let your makeup artist know in advance that you are going to need some tan lines covered. Letting your artist know in advance will let them know that they may need to spend a little more time with you to fix those lines.